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University of Kansas Campus Master Plan

The University of Kansas has crafted a comprehensive master plan for its Lawrence and Edwards campuses, aligning the physical campus with the University's strategic goals. This initiative has transformed the Lawrence campus into a unified entity, introducing connected multi-use districts that foster cross-disciplinary innovation, while leveraging its stunning ridge-top setting. The 2014-2024 Campus Master Plan respects the university's rich heritage and natural landscape, setting a course for future expansion with carefully located academic, research, and housing projects.

Central to the plan is the transformation of Jayhawk Boulevard into a pedestrian-oriented corridor, enhancing the historic campus core and its connection to the community through better gateways and links to outreach efforts.

The plan consolidates the Main and West campuses into three primary areas: North, Central, and West districts. It revitalizes the underutilized Central District as a vibrant, mixed-use hub for new academic buildings, student facilities, and housing, paving the way for the state's most ambitious public/private partnership to date.

"Innovation Way" stands out as a pivotal element, establishing a pedestrian pathway that connects the engineering and science departments in the North District to the revitalized Central District, and further extending to a new Research Partnership Zone in the West District. The development has sparked significant industry engagement, bolstering support for research and development efforts. It envisions a sustainable campus that acts as a "living lab", fostering interdisciplinary synergy and and active academic engagement.

“[Our campus master plan] is the physical embodiment of our aspirations as the state’s flagship university... It sets forth an ideal for a modern research university that can advance our mission of educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that will change the world.”

– Bernadette Gray-Little, Former Chancellor, University of Kansas

  • Sector: Higher Education
  • Scope: Planning
  • Lawrence, Kansas
  • 2014
  • 900 acres
Project Team
D. Keith Storms
Design Principal + Planner
Scott Evans Miller
Lead Planner
Wesley L. Page
Associate Architect
Affiliated Engineers
Professional Engineering Consultants
Civil Engineering
Resource Planner
Technology Planner
Space Planner
Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company
Landscape Planner
Transportation Planners